Canada asks courtroom to throw out pro affidavit in Huawei CFO’s US extradition case

Canadian prosecutors will request a court to disregard a former U.S. govt lawyer’s affidavit submitted by Huawei Chief Economical Officer Meng Wanzhou’s authorized staff in her U.S. extradition circumstance, arguing it is “irrelevant” and “unneeded,” documents released on Wednesday showed.

FILE Photo: Huawei Technologies Chief Economical Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her residence to go to a court docket hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

TORONTO: Canadian prosecutors will talk to a court docket to disregard a former U.S. government lawyer’s affidavit submitted by Huawei Chief Fiscal Officer Meng Wanzhou’s authorized group in her U.S. extradition situation, arguing it is “irrelevant” and “avoidable,” paperwork unveiled on Wednesday showed.

The affidavit was submitted in July in which Michael Gottlieb, who was a White Home attorney less than President Barack Obama, testified that U.S. President Donald Trump experienced departed from longstanding authorized policies intended to market the “neutral administration of justice,” with his responses that he was keen to use Meng as a bargaining chip in trade talks with China.

Meng’s attorneys have argued that the extradition need to be thrown out in portion since the circumstance towards her in the United States is tainted by political interference, pointing to remarks from Trump about her extradition.

She was arrested in December 2018 on a warrant from the United States. She is struggling with prices of financial institution fraud for allegedly deceptive HSBC about Huawei Systems Co Ltd’s small business dealings in Iran, triggering the financial institution to break U.S. sanctions.

Meng, 48, has stated she is innocent and is combating the extradition though under household arrest in Vancouver.

In a submission dated Nov. 3, prosecutors asserted that Gottlieb’s proof must be struck from the record arguing that it is “inadmissible skilled feeling proof” that is “irrelevant” and “needless” to Meng’s circumstance.

“The important factual matters arising from (Meng’s) allegations are whether or not specific statements by international officers have … prejudiced the integrity of the Canadian justice process,” prosecutors wrote.

Gottlieb’s testimony would talk to the court to “determine not only whether foreign officers have complied with foreign legal concepts” but also “critique their perform in gentle of inner governmental guidelines and norms.

“This Courtroom lacks the expertise to engage in these types of an inquiry,” prosecutors wrote.

The prosecutors are set make the ask for in the British Columbia Supreme Courtroom on Monday, when witness testimony in the scenario resumes.

Gottlieb is a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington.

Huawei officials had been not obtainable for an speedy remark.

Prosecutors have accused Meng’s legal professionals of attempting to litigate the case against her in the United States in the Canadian court, which Meng’s lawyers have denied.

The extradition case is scheduled to wrap up in April 2021, while the prospective for appeals on either facet usually means the circumstance could drag on for many years.

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto Modifying by Denny Thomas and Grant McCool)